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EPA Awards $7.8 Million in Grants to Combat Greenhouse Gases

Twenty communities receive funds to combat climate change, save consumers money

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that 20 U.S. communities, including two Indian Tribes, will receive $7.8 million in grants for projects that will reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs). The funds will help Climate Showcase Communities increase energy efficiency, saving consumers money and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

"These communities see the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change and are working with EPA to fight back," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.  "We're working on innovative, win-win strategies that reduce greenhouse gases and cut energy bills for families and businesses -- strategies that can be put in place to fight climate change in communities from Utah and Ohio to China and India."

The projects will target every aspects of a community's carbon footprint, from increasing energy efficiency in homes and businesses, to helping residents save fuel by decreasing the number of miles they drive.

Preliminary calculations by the grant applicants estimate that by 2012 the projects will reduce about 135,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissionsannually-equivalent to the emissions from 25,000 passenger vehicles or 12,000 homes and save more than $4.5 million per year in energy costs. Several projects are expected to create or maintain jobs and provide green job training.

The funded communities are showing their commitment to combat climate change by contributing more than $5.6 million in matching or leveraged funds and committing to sharing lessons learned. Grantees selected for the Climate Showcase funds were also required to show their ability to achieve ongoing GHG reductions as well as to track, measure, and show progress toward their goals.

EPA will monitor the progress of grant recipients and will post quarterly updates about each recipient online. An additional $2.2 million is still under review and is expected to be awarded in the next few months to five additional local and tribal governments.

The Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program is administered by EPA, providing technical assistance, tools, and guidance to help state, local, and tribal governments implement policies and programs to mitigate climate change.

More information on the grants and the grant recipients: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/local/showcase/

More information about the program: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

Climate Showcase Communities Grants Local ProgramIn 2009, EPA launched a competitive grant program to assist local and tribal governments in establishing and implementing climate change initiatives. The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities grant program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community.

The 20 communities listed below were selected in the first round of funding. An additional 5 communities are undergoing final review and will be announced in March 2010. EPA will offer peer exchange, training, and technical support to grant recipients, and encourage replication across the country to promote the creation of sustainable climate management programs that are not only the foundation for stabilizing our climate, but also create jobs and fulfill other local government priorities.

An additional $10 million in funding for this program will become available in late Spring 2010. To receive notification when this funding is available, please sign up for our listserv.

Project Title Government Name State Project Type Population Government Type Advancing GHG Reduction Through Affordable Housing James City County VA Efficiency-Residential 48,000 County Baltimore Nonprofit GHG Reductions Program City of Baltimore MD Efficiency-Commercial 638,000 City Building a Municipal Energy Conservation Corps City of Springfield MA Efficiency-Public Buildings 152,000 City Building Capacity Through Intergovernmental Partnerships City of Warwick RI Multiple 86,000 City Denver Neighborhood Climate Prosperity Project City and County of Denver CO Multiple 599,000 County Efficiency and GHG Reduction on the Northern Cheyenne Tribe Reservation Northern Cheyenne Tribe MT Efficiency-Public Buildings 4,000 Tribal Eugene SmartTrips City of Eugene OR Transportation 138,000 City Expanding River Friendly Landscaping Practices Sacramento County CA Heat Island 1,200,000 County GHG Reductions for Marginalized Communities City and County of Honolulu HI Efficiency-Residential 876,000 County Innovative Master Planning for the South Kitsap Industrial Area City of Bremerton WA Smart Growth 37,500 City Reading, Riding and Retrofit Land of Sky Regional Planning Council NC Efficiency-Public Buildings 300,000 Regional Reducing GHGs Through Neighborhood Home Efficiency Upgrades Durham City-County NC Efficiency-Residential 223,000 County Reduction of GHGs Through Innovative Climate Projects Gila River Indian Community AZ Multiple 14,000 Tribal Sustainable Energy Efficiency Demonstration Projects Township of Cherry Hill NJ Efficiency-Public Buildings 70,000 Township Sustainable Transportation for a Sustainable Future Salt Lake City UT Transportation 182,000 City The Chicago Green Health Care Initiative City of Chicago IL Efficiency-Commercial 2,800,000 City The Green Cincinnati Plan City of Cincinnati OH Multiple 331,000 City The Small Cities Climate Action Partnership City of El Cerrito CA Efficiency 23,000 City The Student Conservation Corps West Chester Area School District PA Efficiency-Commercial 12,000 School District Whatcom Energy Challenge City of Bellingham WA Efficiency 67,000 City

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